Mary Immaculate College hosts Irish Geometry Conference 2015

Mary Immaculate College hosts Irish Geometry Conference 2015

25 leading mathematicians from across the globe visited Mary Immaculate College (MIC) on Friday 15 May to attend the Irish Geometry Conference 2015, jointly organised by the Mathematics Departments at MIC and UL.

The Irish Geometry Conference, now in its 13th year, was inaugurated in 2003 at NUI Galway and has taken place annually since then. This is the first time it has been held in MIC.  

According to Bernd Kreussler, Department of Mathematics and Computer Studies, MIC and Conference Co-Organiser, “One important aspect of the Irish Geometry Conference is that it brings together researchers from Ireland and abroad who are active in various fields of geometry. Discussions about new results, developments and ideas with international colleagues working in related areas are vital for the Irish research community”.

Range of topics on the day varied from ‘Rationality of hypersurfaces’ to ‘The K3 category of a cubic fourfold’ from ‘Cox rings over nonclosed fields’ to ‘Bending metal sheets, Riemann surfaces and intergrable systems’.

Speakers at the event included Hans-Christian Graf v. Bothmer (Universität Hamburg)  Ulrich Derenthal (Universität Hannover)  Brendan Guilfoyle (IT Tralee) Nobuhiro Honda (Tokyo Institute of Technology)  Daniel Huybrechts (University of Bonn) Benjamin McKay (University College Cork)  Sergey Mozgovoy (Trinity College Dublin) Fabian Reede (Mary Immaculate College, Limerick) and  David Wraith (Maynooth University).

Opening the conference Prof. Michael Healy, Associate Vice President of Research at MIC said, “One of the most important aspects of the Irish Geometry Conference is that it brings together researchers from Ireland and abroad who are active in various fields of geometry. Discussions about new results, developments and ideas with international colleagues working in related areas are vital for the Irish research community”.

He concluded by thanking all those involved in organising the conference saying “Participants and speakers from Hamburg, Hannover, Tralee, Tokyo, Bonn, Cork, Dublin, Limerick, Maynooth and elsewhere are gathered here today to share experience, knowledge and expertise in the fields of geometry. It is particularly pleasing to note the international flavour and focus of the conference and I would like to thank all involved in organising this event. I would like to particularly acknowledge the role played by Diarmuid O’Driscoll, Head of Department of Mathematics and Computer Studies at MIC in promoting the Irish Geometry Conference and in bringing the conference to MIC for the first time”.

Speaking after the event Diarmuid O’Driscoll, Head of Department of Mathematics and Computer Studies, MIC, said: “It is a great honour for our Department and for Mary Immaculate College to co-host this conference with our colleagues in UL. I would like to extend special thanks to Bernd Kreussler and Norbert Hoffmann (MIC) and  Clifford Nolan (UL) for organising the conference. I would also like to thank Prof. Michael Healy (MIC) and Alan Hegarty (UL) for their great support throughout the past year.”

The Irish Geometry Conference 2015 was generously supported by the Research and Graduate School, MIC; Department of Mathematics, University of Limerick; and the Irish Mathematical Society.

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